View Full Version : iOS 9's WiFi Assist is killing your data plan

09-30-2015, 02:54 PM
Or simply turn OFF data when you are not using it.


If you have data plan with a cap, it's probably a good idea to dive into iOS 9's Settings and turn off WiFI Assist. The feature switches an iPhone's data connection to the mobile carrier when it's experiencing shoddy WiFi. If you have an unlimited data plan, it's great --it ends the need to turn off WiFi when the local connection goes south and you can no longer load that hilarious goat video you found. It's not so great, however, when you have a pretty low data cap and it switches from WiFi to cell without your knowledge. If you're part of the latter group, head to Settings > Cellular then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to turn off WiFi Assist to keep your mobile carrier from taking all your money on your next bill.


Cellular usage through the roof since installing iOS 9? Wi-Fi Assist may be to blame

If you've noticed that your data usage has skyrocketed since installing iOS 9 then this may be a feature rather than a bug. A lesser-known feature of the update called Wi-Fi Assist may be to blame.


Wi-Fi Assist switches your iPhone to using your cellular data plan if you happen to be in a spot where Wi-Fi coverage is poor. This sounds great in theory, but if you're not on an unlimited data plan then all this extra pressure on your metered data plan could result in a nasty shock when you get your next bill.

Compensating for poor Wi-Fi when you're out and about is one thing, but with this setting you could be burning through your data allowance when sitting at home or in your office.

You can find the switch to turn off this feature under Settings > Cellular (called Mobile Data in some regions) and then scroll to the bottom of the (very long) page.

Note that the default for this feature is on.

This is a useful feature, and it's a shame that the toggle for it is buried at the bottom on an obscure page under Settings that most people will never venture into, because it's one of those things that would be nice to be able to turn on if the need arose.

You can keep an eye on your usage by periodically using the Reset Statistics feature, which you can find just below the Wi-Fi Assist toggle detailed above. I tend to do this quarterly since the stats are just a curiosity to me, but if you're on a limited plan then doing this monthly could help you keep an eye on your data usage.

ZDNET (http://www.zdnet.com/article/cellular-usage-through-the-roof-since-installing-ios-9-wi-fi-assist-may-be-to-blame/)